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Poll To Call Special Session On 'Stand Your Ground' Fails

Tampa Bay Times | Michael Van Sickler | Posted 10.15.2013 | Miami

As projected, an effort to get lawmakers to hold a special session on Florida's Stand Your Ground law has failed....

Florida Sheriffs Come Out Against Stand Your Ground

The Huffington Post | Amanda McCorquodale | Posted 08.14.2013 | Miami

Staunch "Stand Your Ground" supporters in Florida were encouraged last week when the Florida Sheriffs Association announced a unanimous vote of suppor...

Rick Scott's Back-To-School Fail

Posted 08.14.2013 | Miami

The good news: Gov. Rick Scott is offering Florida teachers $250 debit cards to buy school supplies. The bad news: They get the cards over a month ...

Florida Sheriffs Unanimously Support 'Stand Your Ground'

Posted 08.14.2013 | Miami

Florida may be stuck with "Stand Your Ground" after all. House Speaker Will Weatherford said he'd be open to legislation changing the state's contr...

WATCH: How The Dream Defenders Are Needling Rick Scott

Vanessa Martin | Posted 08.09.2013 | Miami

In their quest to fight Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, Dream Defenders, the Miami-based protesters, aren't just continuing a 25-day sit-in at Gov....

'Stand Your Ground' Hearings Chair: 'I Don't Support Changing One Damn Comma'

Posted 08.08.2013 | Miami

Republicans in Florida appeared to make a major concession to protestors last week when House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) ordered heari...

Mental Illness Advocates File To Halt Florida Execution

Reuters | Posted 10.05.2013 | Miami

* Execution set for 6 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT By David Adams MIAMI, Aug 5 (Reuters) - A Florida man who has spent 35 years o...

Experts: State's Drug Ban A Success

Sun Sentinel | Susannah Bryan | Posted 10.05.2013 | Miami

Alarmed by reports of kids and adults getting sick on synthetic drugs, South Florida declared war on the manmade weed and psychoactive bath salts bein...

Why Medical Marijuana Might FINALLY Make The Florida Ballot

The Tampa Tribune | William March | Posted 10.05.2013 | Miami

TAMPA -- Michael Derigo arrived home from a trip to the grocery store June 25 to find half a dozen police cars surrounding his mobile home in Gibsonto...

Weatherford's Undisclosed Relationship Revealed

Florida Center for Investigative Reporting | Steve Miller | Posted 10.03.2013 | Miami

State House Speaker Will Weatherford is a founding member and former director of a Texas company that since 2008 has received $826,676 from Florida's ...

MAJOR Win For Florida Protestors

Reuters | Posted 10.02.2013 | Miami

(Adds new quote from Agnew, paragraph 6) By Tom Brown MIAMI, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Florida lawmakers will hold hearings thi...

Rick Scott's Security Blocks Silent Protestor

Posted 08.02.2013 | Miami

A silent protestor was blocked by Florida Governor Rick Scott's security team during an appearance in South Florida Thursday morning. As first rep...

'This Law Is Not Repealable'

Reuters | Posted 09.30.2013 | Miami

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 31 (Reuters) - Every night for the last three weeks about 50 young protesters have slept on ...

WATCH: What It's Like Living On Minimum Wage In South Florida

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 07.19.2013 | Miami

Marc Gattereau cleans airplanes at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. He also has a wife and three children. But with an hourly wage of ...

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

Florida Boycott Picks Up Steam

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 07.17.2013 | Black Voices

A tourist boycott of Florida is gaining strength, whipped by rage, disbelief and disappointment in a jury's weekend acquittal of neighborhood watchman...

Boycott Florida?

Posted 07.15.2013 | Miami

A Florida jury's acquittal of George Zimmerman has enraged a nation, and critics are hoping to hit the Sunshine State where it could really hurt: in i...

He Makes $122,000 -- But For What?

Tampa Bay Times | Michael Van Sickler | Posted 09.14.2013 | Miami

TALLAHASSEE -- For the past six years, Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford has reported that his largest source of personal income is from an outfi...

Scott Draws Criticism Over 'Tainted' Contribution

Tampa Bay Times | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics

A liberal veterans group called on Gov. Rick Scott to return a $500,000 campaign check from St. Petersburg mogul (and Vietnam veteran) Bill Edwards, s...

Teacher Used In Controversial Rick Scott Ad: 'It's Inappropriate'

The Tampa Tribune | William March | Posted 09.09.2013 | Miami

A least some candidates for Florida Teacher of the Year didn't realize the video interviews they gave during a reception at the governor's mansion wou...

Oops! You Won't Believe What Florida's Done Now

Posted 07.09.2013 | Miami

When Florida lawmakers recently voted to ban all Internet cafes, they worded the bill so poorly that they effectively outlawed every computer in the s...

How Gay Marriage Supporters Hope To Overturn Florida Ban

Sun Sentinel | Anthony Man | Posted 09.04.2013 | Miami

Energized by the Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage, gay activists and their straight allies are chomping at the bit to overturn Florida's ban...

Revealed: Rick Scott's Net Worth Now

Tampa Bay Times | Steve Bousquet | Posted 09.01.2013 | Miami

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott's net worth increased last year to $83.8 million, up slightly from the year before, according to his financial statemen...

What's Now Illegal In Florida, Starting Today

Posted 07.15.2013 | Miami

If the guy behind the deli counter sneezes while making your sandwich today, or you see a bunch a teens trying to smoke weed out of apple cores, it's ...

Why He's In No Hurry To Replace Her

The Tampa Tribune | JAMES L. ROSICA | Posted 08.30.2013 | Miami

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott, going on four months without a lieutenant governor, hasn't been in a rush to pick a new one. He also hasn't given muc...

PHOTOS: Booze Made Right Here In Florida

Posted 06.25.2013 | Miami

A leftover from Prohibition is finally ending in Florida, only 80 years after the Repeal. Rick Scott just signed HB 347, granting the state's craft...